U of T: Rotman School pulls MBA class assignment after concerns about sexism

The Rotman School of Management has pulled a controversial class assignment from a first-year MBA course after concerns were raised about its portrayal of women.

The assignment, issued last week for a class on capital markets, features a fictional female business student who is offered a public relations job with her “favourite company of all time,” jeweller Tiffany and Co. She is struggling to decide which compensation package she should accept.

Several students in the University of Toronto’s graduate business school were openly dismayed by the assignment, saying there is “just so much wrong” with its portrayal of “Elle Forest,” a ditzy female who requires the assistance of her Yale-educated boyfriend to figure out which compensation package she should accept.

The assignment, which the Star has viewed, notes Forest “really didn’t want any of those investment banking or consulting jobs,” and was “already dreaming of more little turquoise boxes on her bookshelf, where she already had quite a nice collection.”

“Just after her upcoming graduation, Elle would be getting married in the Hamptons and moving to New York to a gorgeous apartment on the Upper East Side,” the assignment adds…

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  • Jerry Seinfeld Fans

    Feminism at its finest in academia….The education system in Canada is a Marxist garbage dump.

  • Getting a Ph.D. in gender studies will assure you a job at the local woman’s shelter. That ought to be reasonable justification for $100K in college debt.

  • winniec

    Who knows…the assignment may have been based on real life. Certainly sounds like reality.

  • tom_billesley

    “Elle Forest”? Hah.
    An allusion to Elle Woods, Reese Witherspoon’s character in the movie Legally Blonde.

    • Frances

      Who would have LOVED this job, but combined it with some top-class volunteer work elsewhere really helping women instead of instilling greviances and a sense of victimhood.

  • Frances

    Don’t pull the assignment: just make Elle gay.

  • b_marco

    The good news is that there is an end to this nonsense. The bad news is that it looks like this..

  • Norman_In_New_York
  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “openly dismayed”?!
    Oh, the poor delicate flowers. I do hope there was a fainting couch handy. :rolleyes